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by Paul on 11/19/13 at 11:03 AM ET
FLAMES, JETS STAGE SEE-SAW THRILLER AT MTS CENTRE
Calgary and Winnipeg traded goals all game, including five in an 11:38 span in the third period, as the Flames picked up their first shootout win of the season. Calgary goaltender Reto Berra made 43 saves and rookie Sean Monahan scored on his first NHL shootout attempt as the Flames collected two points in their first visit to Winnipeg since April 6, 1996.
JETS CONTINUE COMEBACK EXPLOITS
*Jets leading scorer Bryan Little (12-9--21) scored with 5.6 seconds left in regulation to send the game to overtime. It marked the latest game-tying goal of the 2013-14 NHL season.
Latest Game-Tying Goals in 2013-14:
19:54: Bryan Little, WPG, on Nov. 18. Final score: CGY 5 at WPG 4 (SO)
19:50: Bobby Ryan, OTT, on Nov. 3. Final score: DAL 4 at OTT 3 (SO)
19:43: Henrik Zetterberg, DET, on Oct. 4. Final score: DET 3 at CAR 2 (OT)
19:41: David Jones, CGY, on Oct. 6. Final score: VAN 5 at CGY 4 (OT)
19:29: Joffrey Lupul, TOR, on Oct. 12. Final score: EDM 5 at TOR 6 (OT)
* Calgary took four one-goal leads and Winnipeg replied each time, marking the first time in Jets history that the club scored four tying goals in one game (Elias Sports Bureau).
* Over the past month (Oct. 18 through Nov. 18), the Jets have earned eight points in home games they trailed in the third period (wins vs. St. Louis, San Jose and Philadelphia; shootout losses to Washington and Calgary).
GIBBONS SPARKS PENGUINS IN THIRD
Playing in his first NHL game, Penguins forward Brian Gibbons (Braintree, Mass.) scored his first NHL goal 3:52 into the third period, and added an assist 62 seconds later on Brandon Sutter’s game-winner, sparking Pittsburgh to a 3-1 win.
* Gibbons' performance came exactly three weeks after another recent recall from AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, forward Jayson Megna, tallied his first NHL goal and assist in his second career game, a 3-1 win at Carolina on Oct. 28.
* Gibbons is the first Penguin since Luca Caputi (Feb. 3, 2009 at Washington) to score a goal in his NHL debut. Three other players in franchise history have accomplished the feat: Mario Lemieux, Rick Kessel and Blair Chapman (Elias Sports Bureau).
COMFORTABLE AT CONSOL
Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury made 27 saves, improving his home record this season to 9-2-0 with a 1.54 goals-against average and .941 save percentage. Fleury has allowed two goals or fewer in 10 of his 11 home starts. His nine home wins are tied for the most in the NHL with Tampa Bay’s Ben Bishop. Dating to last season, Fleury is 22-5-0 in his last 27 regular-season home decisions.
Penguins captain Sidney Crosby scored his 10th goal to push his point total to 26 (10-16--26) on the season, tying Blues forward Alex Steen (17-9--26) atop the League scoring list. Crosby has recorded a point in 11 of 12 home games (6-10--16).
Carolina center Jordan Staal played his 500th career NHL game… Cam Ward made 26 saves in his first game since Oct. 24… Pittsburgh’s Jussi Jokinen became the 19th Finnish-born player to appear in 600 career NHL games… Evgeni Malkin recorded 0-2--2 and now has 10 assists in his past eight games… Winnipeg defenseman Dustin Byfuglien has five goals in his last five games (5-3--8) after being scoreless in his first 18.
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